A pilot study

Recently I presented to my fellow postgraduates on the benefits of doing a pilot study during the initial stages of a PhD study. A pilot study can take many guises but usually refers to the study of the practicalities and feasibility of certain components of the proposed study. […]

Digital literacy practices and their layered multiplicity

Abstract of a pre-print (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09523987.2012.741199): Success in educational programmes often depends on learners being able to negotiate and manage a variety of digital literacy practices commensurate with the literacy demands of their course. This paper reports on preliminary findings of a multi-method PhD study which examines the digital […]


Digital technologies are a significant presence in society and in educational settings. They are a given mainstay and influence the way literacy is composed, taught, and, to some extent, assessed. When such new demands are made on language then we are, in the words of Michael Halliday (1989: […]